Office of Undergraduate Admission

International Students

Requirements for Admission

USM applicants come from across the country and around the world. We consider academically qualified students without regard to race, color, sex, creed, national origin, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. Admission to the University is based primarily on the applicant's academic background, the rigor of the high school program, and the grades achieved. In addition, the University considers SAT or ACT scores, the personal statement (essay), recommendations, individual talents, and activities.

Application Instructions for Undergraduate Admission

Costs and Declarations of Finances

Due to limitations on available financial aid, applications are encouraged only from international students who are able to fully fund their educational expenses from their own resources. To certify this, a Declaration of Finances form must be filed along with documentation and certification of financial support as part of the application process. Visit the Office of International Programs site for International Students  to get information about documentation of funding.

 

International Transcript Evaluations

USM requires official college-level transcript evaluations from a USM-approved transcript analysis agency. These following agencies are approved:

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Tel:  (212) 966-6311
Fax:  (212) 739-6100
Email: info@wes.org
Web: www.wes.org
$160 course by course, $100 document

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 366
Culver City, CA  90231-3665
Tel:  (310) 258-9451
Fax:  (310) 342-7086
Email: information@ierf.org
Web: www.ierf.org
$165 course by course, $85 document

Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
Tel. 617.338.7171
Fax. 617.338.7101
Email: info@cedevaluations.com
Web: www.cedevaluations.com
$125 course by course, $75 document


International Student Merit Scholarship

USM offers several International Student Merit Scholarships. All eligible incoming first-year and transfer students who apply by April 1 are are automatically considered for this award. 

Canadian Resident  - International Merit Scholarship - $5,000 per year for tuition, plus an additional $2,000 per year if you live on-campus 

Non-Canadian Resident - International Merit Scholarship - $10, 000 per year for tuition, plus an additional $2,000 per year if you live on-campus

 To be eligible, students must have a completed application (including all required materials) by April 1. In addition to the application, all international students must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet and maintain all eligibility criteria required of international students studying in the United States under the terms of an F-1 student visa.
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment (fall and spring semesters, at least 12 credit hours—15 credit hours recommended) for the duration of F-1 student status, estimated to be 4 years.
  • Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for each academic year.
  • Maintain sufficient academic progress toward chosen program of study.

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission, (207)-780-5670

1-800-800-4USM ext. 5670
TTY (207)780-5646
usmadm@usm.maine.edu